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Rana Plaza Victims Are Suing Retailers Connected to Building Collapse

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The victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse are looking for their day in court. Families and victims of the collapse that left over 1,230 dead and over 2,500 injured are seeking damages, filing a wrongful death lawsuit in D.C.’s District Court and calling out Walmart, J.C. Penney and The Children’s Place, saying that all three retailers failed to address the preventable problems that contributed to the disastrous collapse.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are asking for an undisclosed amount in compensation. They also want to require retailers to put into effect the kind of standards and oversight that should have been there in the first place, so as to eliminate the unfair labor practices and derelict working conditions that plague factories like Rana Plaza. The plaintiffs say that retailers often claim they didn’t know their orders were being subcontracted by the companies they hired to complete the order, but given the corruption in places like Bangladesh, they are merely turning a blind eye to the labor and human rights violations in order to produce cheap clothes. “Retailer defendants in the United States knew or should have known that the Bangladesh garment industry required significant oversight to ensure safe and healthy working conditions in garment factories, including oversight in relation to structural integrity of buildings,” the suit says. It also blames the Bangladesh government for neglected to do an adequate inspection of the building and ignored those workers and an inspector that did report serious structural issues.

The lawsuit says the retailers were fully aware that the building standards in Bangladesh at many factories are sketchy at best, and should have been diligent to make sure they weren’t working with factories whose structures weren’t up to par. It is their lack of oversight that contributed to the problem, a “foreseeable” problem which proved to be fatal for many garment workers. And judging from John Oliver’s excellent takedown of these fast fashion peddlers who find themselves again and again in these sorts of situations, we’re inclined to agree with the Rana Plaza victims.

Hopefully, through the process of the law, these victims and families can get some semblance of justice, not only for them but for future garment workers in the region. 

[via WWD]

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Protein World Gets Bomb Threats After Ad Campaign Blowup

Protein World’s ad asking people if their bodies are ready for the beach has caused an uproar in the U.K. The campaign has been the subject of guerilla advertising, but this time around, we think that perhaps some folks have taken their righteous indignation a little too far.

Richard Staveley, head of global marketing for the company, told Good Morning Britain that Protein World has been seriously threatened since the backlash. “We’ve actually had threats on our Head Office, physical, violent threats. We had a bomb threat. That’s been reported to the police. It’s currently being investigated but as I say I can’t say anymore than that.” According to police, the report of the bomb threat wasn’t made until after the Good Morning Britain broadcast. 

Staveley went on to explain the meaning behind the campaign, claiming that it was not meant to shame anyone or make them feel self-conscious about their bodies. It was simply meant to target an audience whose personal fitness goals might look similar to the body of the model in the image. “What we’re suggesting by ‘Are you beach body ready?’ is we’re asking if you as an individual have reached and attained your own goals that you set for yourself that are going to allow you to don your swimsuit,” he explained. 

As we all know, intent and results are two different things and in this case, what seemed to Protein World like an innocuous ad asking if you’ve reached your fitness goals was actually read as a body shaming message meant to make people who might not have a toned tummy and slim thighs feel inferior. If the message of your campaign isn’t getting across, perhaps changing the tone might be in order. Still, combatting what one might read as body shaming with the threat of actual violence is extreme, to say the very least.

At any rate, angry commuters will be thrilled to hear that the posters will be removed from the subways soon, since Protein World’s contract with the Transport of London is nearly up. 

[via Mirror

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Naomi Campbell Is Getting Her Own Show on Yahoo

Naomi Campbell Yahoo Show

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Naomi Campbell has already proven that she can dominate catwalks, campaigns and fashion spreads, and now she’s about to take over the Yahoo Style brand with a new show created for the channel.

Campbell, as we know, is no stranger to broadcast. She’s appeared in roles on the The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and was nothing short of fabulous as Camilla Marks on Empire and also as a stern mentor and producer on The Face. She’ll be putting some of her hostessing and producing skills to good use for her latest gig at Yahoo, a show called I Am Naomi, which will follow her as she sits down with “the world’s most powerful and influential people.” As we know, Naomi has plenty of friends in high places, so it will be interesting to see who pops up on her show.

Naomi’s show is one of several new series Yahoo is adding to its lineup, though (duh) we’re most excited to see Naomi in action. 

[Yahoo, The Cut]

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Donatella Versace Joins Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy’s Fall 2015 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Taking a page out of Jason Wu’s book, Riccardo Tisci stars in his own advertising campaign for Givenchy. In an unexpected and exciting twist, Donatella Versace makes an appearance alongside Tisci in the first official campaign image for the Fall 2015 campaign. Released unusually early and making a huge splash on Instagram, the arresting black and white portrait lensed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott captures the fashion designers in profile. Styled by Carine Roitfeld, the dynamic duo are sure to set tongues wagging.

Forum members are slowly reacting to the campaign. “When I saw the title names I was OMG in a negative way, but it’s quite nice in a down to earth way,” shared Nymphaea, oozing a positive attitude toward the campaign.

“I appreciate the trolling effort. It’s a smart move, it’ll keep people talking forever and ever,” added mistress f.

Also in favor of the idea was fashionlover2001: “I’m excited. So far so good. This is already an iconic campaign.”

Not everyone is sure, though. “So strange she would be in an ad campaign for another brand! She is wearing Givenchy for sure here? I had no idea they were friends, so this came as a shock thread title,” commented an uncertain Miss Dalloway.

“Well, it’s Fall 2015 Givenchy family campaign so I think anything could happen,” wrote catherine88, suggesting even more surprises are to come.

Are you a fan? Await more campaign images and add your own two cents here.

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Bobbi Brown and Kate Upton on the Keys to Their Success

This past weekend played host to yet another highly anticipated Vogue Festival, which was filled to the brim with fashion and beauty opportunities, master classes and inspiring interviews with industry insiders.

We headed to the festival Sunday afternoon to watch makeup entrepreneur Bobbi Brown and the current face of her brand, supermodel Kate Upton, talk to British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman about building their dreams.

Bobbi and Kate couldn’t seem any more chalk and cheese, but what they do have in common is an inspiring approach to both life and business, and an unprecedented amount of success in their professional lives spurred on by the fact that they are both firm advocates of natural beauty. In a world that’s filled with fake beauty and societal pressure to always look good, it’s refreshing to hear Bobbi’s disdain for Kardashian-style contouring and profess that she likes “to enhance natural beauty and not change someone.”

Similarly, Kate’s naturally voluptuous figure has broken the painfully thin supermodel mould and she was quick to remind us that she hasn’t “paid for any of it” and “it’s all about dressing for your body shape and enhancing your natural beauty.” (more…)

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Bruce Jenner Threatens to Sue over Dress Pic, Larry Wilmore Fails Epically at Discussing Trans Issues

Bruce Jenner

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This weekend, Bruce Jenner sat down with Diane Sawyer to come out as a transgendered woman. But just before the big interview aired, the New York Daily News published an image taken by a stealthy paparazzo outside Jenner’s secluded Malibu pad. The image shows Jenner smoking a cigarette outside in a long, striped maxi dress. Though we can all agree Bruce looked pretty great in the frock, we can also agree that it was a total invasion of privacy and given the sketchy lengths at which the paparazzo went to get the picture, it’s no wonder Jenner is threatening to sue.

The images were reportedly taken with a telephoto lens, which allows one to zoom in on a subject from a long distance. Apparently, the paparazzo snapped the photo of Bruce from as far as a mile away, making the picture even creepier than we thought. Also, it’s illegal in the state of California to use a telephoto lens to take photos of people in a “personal or familial activity.”

CNN and the Daily News obtained the photos from X17, but pulled them once they realized the image was illegally taken. According to Jenner’s attorney, “Bruce Jenner is going to enforce his right to privacy.” 

Meanwhile, as the world grapples with the news of Jenner’s transition, we think we’ve found the worst media reaction, courtesy of The Nightly Show. Larry Wilmore spent much of his introductory monologue expressing his complete confusion over whether or not Jenner is male, female, gay, straight or asexual. Though Jenner clearly outlined how he identifies (as a woman, not gay but for now asexual), the concept was still lost on Wilmore who then went on to a cute little segment in which Pinocchio, played by Colin Quinn, talks about the troubles he’s faced transitioning from a puppet to a “real boy.” Because that is totally equivalent to transgender people overcoming adversity to live their lives as they choose.  (more…)

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